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Natural & Organic Wine Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on September 21, 2017

This Friday we will have 4 Fantastic natural and organic wines!
2 whites from Galicia and Andalusia in Spain
2 reds from the Rhone Valley area
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below full wine description:

Marenas Viñedo & Bodega, Córdoba Blanco Montepilas (2016)

Grape: Montepila
Geography: Andalucía, Spain
Appellation: Córdoba

José Miguel Márquez is on a mission to recover the old winemaking traditions of his native town Montilla in Cordoba. As an aficionado of everything natural, genuine, and authentic, he makes sure his vineyards and wines are treated with the same care and respect they deserve. Nothing but fermented juices extracted from the different varieties of grapes, without filtrations or additives of any type. Result being natural wines expressive of their land and climate.

As with most winemakers, his life revolves around each harvest but it’s the passion and dedication he lives them with that set José Miguel apart. It’s as if his wines were his children and each one of their personalities a product of that vintage. He’s actually named wines from certain vintages after his daughters or nephews. It’s no surprise that when he sold his first bottle of wine, he felt like he was shipping one of his kids off to boarding school.

Although one of the youngest producers in the region, he is making some of the most exciting wines using traditional grapes like Pedro Ximenez and recovering other indigenous varieties like Montepila amongst many other projects that are in the works.

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Adega Eloi Lorenzo, Ribeiro Blanco Villa Paz (2015)

Grapes: Treixadura, Albariño, Godello, and Torrontés
Geography: Galicia, Spain
Appellation: Ribeiro

Eloi Lorenzo founded the winery in 1976 but it’s actually his grand son Javier Monsalve who is currently running the show. Javier has been doing everything from the farming to the winemaking since 2007.

Located in Arnoia within the Ribeiro D.O., Spain’s oldest growing region, he’s farming 5 hectares as organically as possible while following biodynamic principles. Most of his vines are planted on terraced slopes ranging from 200 to 400 meters of altitud and trellis trained to keep them as far off the ground as possible and away from humidity. Though the soils in the region can be quite diverse depending on the area, most of his vineyards are composed of granite, soil type on which the queen grape Treixadura thrives.

Working with other native grape varieties like Loureira and Brancellao, the minerality and acidity in all of his wines express the region’s unique terroir and microclimate. All fermentations are spontaneous and his winemaking style shows throughout, sharpness without compromising texture.

 40% Treixadura, 30% Albariño, 20% Godello, 10% Torrontés fermented in stainless and aged for 8 months, 3 of them on the lees.

Total production: 500 cases

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Domaine La Roche Buissière, Côtes du Rhône Flonflons (2015)

Grapes: Grenache and Syrah
Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Côtes du Rhône

Located northeast of Vaison-La-Romaine in the southern Cotes du Rhone, Antoine and Lawrence Joly work 18 hectare of organic vineyards making fabulous wines in the region that sit between 300-450 metres in altitude. They maintain a freshness and lightness in their wines via very intense vineyard work that allows them to harvest earlier than several other producers in their area resulting in less concentrated and lower alcohol wines.
Antoine’s family has run the estate since the early 1970’s (his grandfather was a beekeeper in the area and his father Pierre returned to live a more simple lift after his involvement in the Parisian student riots of 1968) Pierre was a pioneer of organic viticulture in the Rhone and the vineyards have been certified since the 1980, although he sold most of the grapes to the local co-op. Antoine and Lawrence took over in 1999 and since 2003 have vinified 100% of the harvest themselves.

The wine is assembly 30% Syrah – 70% Grenache very aerial and very intense on a clay-limestone soil. The nose on jammy notes, cocoa, blackberry, slightly toasted. The mouth is ample and acidulous with an astonishing length,

Vinification in native yeasts. Flonflons is not glued, unfiltered and has not had sulfur added during the rearing as well as during bottling.

A natural appeal on a remarkable vintage … Perfect to discover natural wines without artifice.

Do not carafer this wine, perfect without aeration.

Food and wine pairing: aperitif with toast of terrine with mushrooms, preferring dishes based on white meat: filets mignon, a roast turkey and coconut beans with coriander


Domaine des Vignes Rouge, Vin de Pays des Cévennes Rouge Clemence (2015)

Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Vin de Pays des Cévennes

The estate: In Saint-Césaire-de-Gauzignan, in the vineyards of the Vignes Rouges, the vines are all around the village, but only one couple has chosen the status of independent winemaker. Raphaël Dubois, settled on a part of the farm created by his grandfather in 1939, and Séverine Atgé, his companion, forgot the economics courses for a practical training in order to share with him the work. An approach geared towards the greatest possible respect for the environment, which translates into an on-going conversion to organic farming.

Blend of 70 yr old Carignan (60%), 30yr old Syrah (10%), 70 year old Grenache (10%), 30 year old Alicante (10%), and 20 year old Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). The soil is a mix of clay and limestone. All of the grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and crushed by foot into fiber glass tanks. Each grape variety is vinified separately, mostly with a 8-10 day maceration. 4mg/l sulfur added at bottling.

The carbonic maceration makes it possible to obtain a nice roundness in the final. It is an easy-drinking wine with notes of intense red fruit. This wine, without complex, drinks from aperitif to dessert and accompanies as well a evening grilling with friends, as more elaborate dishes.

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Friday Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on September 14, 2017

Come in on Friday to see how this nice September weather pairs well with our nice selection of wines!

We will open a variety of wines: 3 reds and 1 white from Spain, Oregon, Washington state and Austria!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below a full description:

St. Reginald Parish, Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir Carbonic The Marigny (2016)

Grape: Pinot Noir
Geography: Oregon, United States
Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton District

Winemaker Andrew Young is the son of a New Orleans preacher man from New Orleans, that magical city for both food and music. Andrew started as a musician, but later caught the wine bug. That seems to happen frequently. He decided to act on it and studied winemaking in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with a dedication to natural wine making. He is now making his own wines (only in miniscule quantities) and we are lucky enough to get some. Bright, fresh fruit with savory, nettle-y green notes. Yep, this is a natural wine.
Winemaking Details: no sulfur added. unfined. 14 day carbonic maceration.
Goes with: salads, seafood and salt-driven tapas


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Viña Olabarri, Rioja Reserva (2009)

Grapes: Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuelo
Geography: Rioja, Spain
Appellation: Rioja

Bodegas Olabarri was founded by Pablo Olabarri, who´s passion for wine started in 1958 in Haro. He bought an old winery in the village of Anguciana in 1985.Due to the need of having more modern and larger wine making facility to carry out the barrel and bottle ageing, the new Olabarri winery was built in 1989 in Haro. The new winery can house 4,000 oak barrels and has the space to age 800,000 bottles of wine.

Today, Luis Olabarri runs the winery and is following in his Father´s footsteps.

The grapes are harvested by hand from the winery’s own vineyards. Stainless steel vats are used for the fermentation. The wine is aged in American oak barrels for 24 months and is then bottle aged for 12 months.

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Scarlet with cherry tones.

Aroma: Ripe black fruits, vanilla and spices.

Taste: Menthol notes, intense and long lasting. Elegant and well balanced.

Pairing: Roast meat, lamb, game, beef, Iberian cured ham and mature cheeses.

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Grapesmith & Crusher, Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (2014)

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Geography: Washington, United States
Appellation: Columbia Valley

You remember the typewriter, don’t you? Kind of like a loud, heavy laptop. Grapesmith & Crusher encourages retrospection. The grapes come from Wahluke Slope and Snipes Mountain and are fermented and aged in barrel. A smooth throwback of a Cabernet, a couple of glasses and you’ll be recounting the glory days, flush with nostalgia… and a little flush from the alcohol. 

Full-throttle Cabernets are a natural match with robust, meaty meals.
Try with grilled lamb chops,
or a wagyu burger topped with Gruyere.
Perhaps a side of hearty mashed potatoes with caramelized shallots.

Nose: Medium Intensity, youthful, black currant, blackberry, cedar
Mouth: Full Bodied, dry, medium acidity, average tannin, moderate intensity, medium finish, blackberry, black currant, coffee
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Zuschmann-Schöfmann, Weinviertel Grüner Veltliner Klassic (2016)

Grape: Grüner Veltliner
Geography: Niederösterreich, Austria
Appellation: Weinviertel
Features: Organic

Located at the rolling hills gently flow from the Czech Republic into the Danube River, where all good things come to thrive, far away from the smogs of industries and traffic, this is Austria’s largest wine region: the Weinviertel. Only a twenty-minute drive away from Vienna is where Else Zuschmann and Peter Schöfmann live and love their work.Weinviertel’s popularity is increasing, particularly among those who seek the peace and quiet of the countryside or those who are curious about the little miracles of wine cellars and friendly kitchens. And that is for a good reason – people here take their Gemütlichkeit very seriously.
The vines grow on loamy loess soil.Bright yellow with greenish tints in colour, this white comes with a fruity but zesty aroma, grapefruit, citrus and apples on the nose. Its medium body delivers an elegant and balanced finish.

Not only great as aperitif, but also a good match for most dishes.

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Reds Blend Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on September 7, 2017

Join us this Friday, we will have 3 interesting reds blend from Europe and a white(Friulano grape) from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy.

A red blend (Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot) from Bordeauax

A red blend(Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese) from Italy

A red blend(Garnacha, Cariñena, and Cabernet Sauvignon) from Spain

See below a full description

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

Bodegas Oro, Bluegray (2014)

Grapes: Garnacha, Cariñena, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage year: 2014
Geography: Catalonia, Spain
Appellation: Priorat
Gil Family Estates and Orowines unify a series of interesting winery projects developed in Spain. The companies are located in different DO’s, each one with its own personality perfectly defined but working in excellent tuning with the rest. In fact, they share a declared bet for the indigenous varieties and their effort in the conservation of the rich, though scarce, patrimony of old vines They also share the desire of being competitive world-wide and this is what guides them in their search for the quality of the wines and the presentation of their products.
Tasting notes
Black cherry and blackberry flavors are ripe and focused in this expressive red, accented by licorice, mineral and spicy notes, well-integrated tannins. Balanced and elegrant, featuring a lingering finish.
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Château Malbec, Bordeaux (2014)

Grapes: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot
Geography: Bordeaux, France
Appellation: Bordeaux
The diversity of the Château Malbec terroirs coupled with superb end-of-summer sunshine in 2014 meant grapes could be harvested at the peak of ripeness. A blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec planted on the Chateaux’ Pyrenean gravel soil with ideal drainage. The wine fermented over 22 to 24 days to extract the best from the fruit. 50% was aged 14 months in French oak barrels. This wine received a Platinum Award and a 95 point score. They said “Superb intense and very inviting aromas of sweet cassis black fruit, warm spicy oak and coffee. Lovely mouth-filling palate of glossy delicious black fruit and well judged oak giving an appealing spicy undercurrent. Superb wine.”
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Cesari, Boscarel (2015)

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese
Vintage year: 2015
Geography: Veneto, Italy
Appellation: Veneto

Founded in 1936, Gerardo Cesari soon became synonymous worldwide wines, located in Cavaion Veronese in the province of Verona, the Boscarel vineyard is comprised of morainic, alluvial soil

Back in the early Seventies, Cesari Amarone was one of the first to reach all five continents thanks to the enthusiasm and initiative of Franco Cesari, son of the founder Gerardo, whose original vision was to produce a great Amarone, capable of competing with the best Italian and international red wines. And so began the success story of Cesari wines all over the world.

Today, Gerardo Cesari sets itself further targets: to respond to the market by producing unique, elegant, fine, balanced wines, drawing on tradition but using the latest knowledge in vineyard cultivation, using environmentally sustainable growing techniques and offering consumers the guarantees of a certified wine-making.

Tasting Notes:
the Boscarel vineyard is comprised of morainic, alluvial soil. A highly aromatic young, fresh, single vineyard Super Veneto, Boscarel shows notes of wild berries upfront, quickly followed by hints of violets. It is full in body with soft tannins and a lingering finish. Each varietal is vinified separately after which they are blended together to undergo malolactic fermentation and left to rest for 6 months.
Pairs well with roasted and grilled red meats and hearty pasta dishes.

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The White:

Valle Vini, Colli Orientali del Friuli Friulano (2016)

Grape: Friulano
Vintage year: 2016
Geography: Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Appellation: Colli Orientali del Friuli

Tocai Friulano, and also known as (Sauvignonasse) is a grape variety most famous for its role in the white wines of Friuli, northeastern Italy. These wines, usually varietal, are lively and fruit-driven with notes of citrus and almond, and often a touch of minerality.


A straw yellow colour.


Pervasive and variegated aromas ranging from wildflowers to ripe fruit.


Harmonious and well structured.
Persistent with an aftertaste reminiscent of almonds and tropical fruit.


 Excellent aperitif, also ideal with entrées, risottos, soups, asparagus, snails and frogs.

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Labor Day Weekend Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on August 31, 2017

Celebrate this weekend, still Summer and reward yourself for the hard work!

We will have open 3 classic French wines:

A white Sauvignon Blanc from Cote de Gascogne

A Rose from Cotes De Provence

And a red from Cote Du Rhone

Friday/Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below a full description:

Château des Bormettes, Château des Bormettes (2016)

Geography: Provence, France
Appellation: Côtes de Provence La Londe

Château des Bormettes is located on the French Riviera, nestled in the heart of a nature preserve featuring ancient oak trees and views of the Mediterranean sea.  The rocky soil, full of schist & quartz, Provence’s sunny climate, and the freshness from the famous Mediterranean wind, the Mistral, all contribute to the estate’s exceptionally rich terroir, and the creation of this superb wine.

Harvest is mainly processed during the night and as soon as the chilled grapes enter in the winery, undergo a cold maceration during 48hours.
Fermentation and ageing take place in concrete tanks at regulated temperature.
On the nose red fruit, peach with a hint of citrus. On the palate, development of sour candy & mineral flavors, with a perfect balance between sweetness and freshness.
Good for simple aperitif with cheese, tapas, olive as well as light summer meals like pizzas or salads.

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Domaine de l’Herré, Sauvignon Blanc (2015)

Geography: Southwest France, France
Appellation: Floc de Gascogne

Domaine de l’Herré is a superb and vast 130 hectares estate located in the heart of Gascony at the foot of the Pyrenees, South-West France.
Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Gros Manseng wine varieties become magnificent in this region and offer excellent wines to satisfy contemporary consumers’ demands.

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130 hectares
Fawn sand (sand ferrite and clay) hills that benefit from the warm days and cool nights, thanks to the proximity to the Pyrenees.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Pale with silvery tints, it has aromas of citrus and white fruits on the nose. With a fresh, mineral palate and a very good volume of fruit, the wine develops elegant nuances through to the finish.
A wine for pleasure, suitable for several dishes: gourmet salads, seafood, fish, but also pork delicatessen and fromage frais.

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Château Mont-Thabor, Côtes du Rhône (2015)

Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Côtes du Rhône

Château Mont Thabor was built in the 17th century, deriving it’s name from one of the most famous mountains of Galilee, Israel (widely mentioned in sacred writings for it’s strategic and religious importance). In 1881 Fritz Stehlin bought the estate, continued the established wine making but improved conditions and quality of the wines. In 1940, Luc Stehlin succeeded his great uncle Fritz and continued to improve the viticulture and viniculture practices at the Chateau integrating the utilization of horses in the vineyards. Since 1977 to present day, Daniel Stehlin has followed in the steps of his father Luc, producing some of the most elegant yet powerful wines of the region. He cultivates these unfiltered, rich yet pure red wines from 4 hectares in Chateauneuf du Pape and six hectares in Côtes du Rhône.

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4 hectares (Côtes du Rhône)
6 hectares (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Southern exposed pebbles. Yield is 40 hl/ha.
80% Grenache
10% Cinsault
5% Syrah
5% Mourvèdre
Traditional vinification but with out stemming before. Then, grapes are fermenting during 4 weeks in concrete vat. And also aged in the same concrete vat during 12 months and bottles without filtration.
Lovely purple and blue fruits, with sweet spice and tobacco notes, followed by a gravelly hint on the finish.

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Spanish Wine Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on August 24, 2017

Stop by this Friday!

We will have open 4 delicious wines from Spain:

A white Albarino grape from Galicia

A rose blend from Cigales, Castilla y la Mancha

And two red, a Tempranillo from Ribera de Guadiana in Extremandura + a premium Mencia from Ribera Sacra in Galicia!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below full wine description:

Chan de Rosas, Rías Baixas Albariño (2016)

Grape: Albariño
Geography: Galicia, Spain
Appellation: Rías Baixas

The experience and the knowledge he obtained of the area and the Albariño grape, led Marcos Lojo to the selection of 12 Salnés Valley winemakers with vineyards in privileged lands for the quality of grapes produced Albariña. These vineyards are planted in some of the cases for more than 70 years in the areas of: A Carabuxeira (Sanxenxo), Padrenda (Meaño), Cabeza de Boi (Meis), A Pedreira (Sisán) Castrelo (Cambados) and Lores (Meaño).

The Climate

The Designation of Origin (D.O) Rias Baixas is fully integrated into the great Atlantic region. The wines of this denomination are completely Atlantic wines.

During the Winter, the Atlantic storms, with its warm fronts, and frequently tropical air, bring heavy rainfall and are the determinants and reason of mild and warm temperatures and with little marked differences between day and night. Spring is early and rainy. The Azores anticyclone settles over the western Atlantic in early summer, preventing the passage of disturbances. Rainfall is infrequent and not abundant and the temperatures remain mild because of the fresh air.


The Rías Baixas and in particular the vineyards where the CHAN DE ROSAS is obtained, are located next to the Ria de Arousas Sea. It is a little shallow but well-drained soil, the origin comes from the decomposition of the granitic rocks, resulting in a sandy soil and acidic structure. Both the location of the land and the type of soil will give the wines a characteristic note of salinity and minerality.
Marcos Lojo is the winemaker behind this great bottling of Albarino which has been partially barrel fermented in new French oak. An absolute stunner that brings tropical fruit notes along with classic characteristics of watercress and salinity that come from this area of Galicia. Tons of energy, balance, and elegance

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Bodegas Valdelosfrailes, Cigales Val Rosado (2016)

Grapes: Tinta del País, Garnacha, and Verdejo
Geography: Castilla y León, Spain
Appellation: Cigales

In the twelfth century the Cistercian monks arrived at the monastery of Palazuelos and implanted the vineyard in the area of Cubillas, Cigales, Mucientes, etc. Always around the great monastic center. Over the last years in Cubillas has been cultivated vineyard and elaborated wines according to the tastes of each moment.

Between the years 40 and 90 were years of resurgence of so-called claret, very different from the pink marketed in the last decades and the pale pinks that made this area more known in northern Spain.

But what determines an area are its land and its climate, along with its types and varieties of grapes and their systems of cultivation and time of the vineyards. Cigales, has the quality in its vineyards.

It comes from grapes of the tempranillo variety of their own vineyards in Cubillas de Santa Marta. The fermentation has been at controlled temperature, the intensity of the fruit emerging

Visual Phase: Medium, clean and bright, with purple irisations.

Olfactory phase: high aromatic intensity, with a wide range of fruit aromas of strawberries, peach, pineapple and blackberries, with floral touches of fennel. Very expressive and with the frankness that defines the Tempranillo.

Taste phase: mouth very balanced, with an acidity that gives freshness in harmony with voluminous and glyceric body. Retronasal intense that makes reappear again the aromas of ripe fruits, with pleasant sensation of volume and long end

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Bodegas Õran, Flor (2014)

Grape: Tempranillo
Geography: Extremadura, Spain
Appellation: Ribera del Guadiana

Flor is a Red still wine from the D.O. Ribera del Guadiana, made from a careful selection of Tempranillo variety grapes within the Matanegra region, a fresh area with clay soil that is characterized with a great capability of water retention. A slow ripening process let us harvest the grapes in October in a perfect sanitary state. This wine Flor derives from the first tank devatting, obtaining a clean, smooth and fruity wine. Irresistible due to its bouquet harmony and complexity that highlights a sweet toothed and silky mouth. It is elegant, balanced, feminine (well-rounded and friendly). Full of subtlety yet with structure and potency

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Moure Viños Artesans, Ribeira Sacra Mencía Tradición (2014)

Grape: Mencía
Geography: Galicia, Spain
Appellation: Ribeira Sacra

In Galicia, the most green and humid area in the Northwest of Spain, there is a legendary, magic and mysterious land: The Ribeira Sacra, a land of extraordinary beauty and strong contrasts.

Its deep river valleys combine clayed mineral-rich land with a sunny Mediterranean climate, giving rise to the unique environment for the vineyards growing, the unique personality which is reflected in its wines.

“Fermentation occurs in old French Oak barrels. The wine is then transfered into new French Oak barrels for aging. The wine is not fined or clarified. Red cherry with a brilliant violet rim. Powerful and clean aroma, red fruit, ripe, floral and fruit marked by the varietal’s personality. A sensual mouthfeel of currants, blueberries, pastilles, minerals, with a fleshy tenderness and warming finish.”

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New Zealand and Spanish Wine Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on August 3, 2017

This Friday we will have open 2 unusual NZ wines:
A Orange Wine (Sauvignon Blanc grape) and a Summer red (Gamay Noir grape)
In addition to a very nice Rosé from Catalonia Spain!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See full wine information below:

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Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Skin Fermented

This wine is an extension of the Nattura Sauvignon Blanc process. The wine is destemmed and fermented on skins for a month. The skins are not worked hard, they are included in order to gain all the aromatics possible from the fruit, and to promote a fine thread of phenolic to keep a tension and length in the final wine.

Bottled straight after malolactic with no Sulphur addition, this wine is almost in the rawest form possible. It is cloudy and this adds to the overall textural experience.
These wines take New Zealand fruit on avery different journey. Primarily it involves skin fermentation of white grapes and alternative ways to ferment red grapes. The use of a mix of maturation vessels is central. The wines may only get the merest of Sulphur additions at the end. There are no rules except that the results must be delicious!

Aromas of nectarines, citrus oils and Asian spices are married with a salty, richly textured palate that is underpinned by tight fine phenolics

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Heretat MontRubí (HMR) was a dream that became a reality for Peris family in 1984. That was when they purchased and began refurbishing their 19th century estate in the small town of L’Avellá located in the Alt Penedés region, just an hour and a half outside of the Catalan capital of Barcelona.
While Penedès is internationally recognized for making the best sparkling wines of the Iberian Peninsula, the goal for HMR was to create still wines from indigenous and oft overlooked varieties of unparalleled quality. By marrying tradition with innovation, winemaker Josep Queralt has lifted grapes such as the delicate red Sumoll, the racy white Xarel·lo and rounded, yet mineral white Parellada to stardom. Together with the more common varieties of Garnatxa and Samsó, HMR has continued making truly inspiration wines, indicative of the unique terroir of the Alt Penedès, for more than 30 years.

The wine
100% Sumoll grape
A beautiful coral color rosé wine that is a literal bouquet of fragrances with notes of delicate pink rose petals, acacia blossom and sweet grass. The soft palate comes alive with an energetic acidity and a thirst­quenching mineral component that is a hallmark of the variety.

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Te Mata, Hawke’s Bay Gamay Noir (2016)

Grape: Gamay Noir
Geography: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

Te Mata Estate has five vineyards totaling 15 hectares on the free draining soils of the Havelock Hills north-facing slopes. Te Mata Estate’s wines are from some of the oldest vineyards in New Zealand. In 1996 the Havelock Hills area was recognized for the significance of its natural and viticultural heritage when it was designated the Te Mata Special Character Zone. First planted in the 1890s, this area produces wines with balance, power and elegance.

Gamay Noir the grape of Beaujolais, produces a delicious wine bursting with crushed red-berry characters, with a floral citrus blossom twist. All the fruits and flowers of a great New Zealand summer! A jewel.

Its vibrant fruit provides immediate appeal and flavour to match spicy cuisine. Delicious served lightly chilled.

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Friday Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on July 28, 2017

Summer in Brooklyn!

Time for the beach, and picnics in the park.

Pair Summer with a nice, refreshing Friday tasting.

We will have open:

A white from Savoy in France, Two rosès- one in a bottle and one in a can (perfect for the beach and picnics in the park).

For the red drinker, we will have  an easy Garnacha to taste from Spain

Full wine description below:

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

André & Michel Quenard, Vin de Savoie Les Abymes (2015)

Grape: Jacquère
Geography: Savoy, France
Appellation: Vin de Savoie

The Savoie is a picture of fairy-tale perfection: snow-capped peaks, green rolling hills, wildflowers, and cold, sparkling mountain streams. This idyllic region hugs the western Alps, where Michel Quenard farms twenty-two hectares of vineyards along the steep, terraced slopes of the Coteau de Torméry around Chignin. The limestone scree that dominates this vineyard land has brought great diversity to the soils, and consequently, the wines. His grandfather started the domaine in the 1930s. Though he slowly increased the vineyard holdings, he also sold off most of his wine in bulk. It was not until 1960 that Michel’s father, André, began bottling under their own label. Michel joined the domaine in 1976. Today, his son, Guillaume, joins him.

Despite the domaine’s proximity to the Alps, the vineyards enjoy a surprisingly warm microclimate with southern sun exposure. Fig and olive trees are also found among the vines, unusual for such a snowy region.

The minerality of Michel’s vineyards expresses an alpine freshness and liveliness in his wines. His cuvées go beyond the simple “eclectic” that categorizes wines from the region; whether they are quaffed or savored, they are all unique revelations that reflect the complexity of their terroir and the fine artistry of this master vigneron.

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Le Paradou, Côtes de Provence Rosé (2016)

Grapes: Cinsault, Grenache, and Vermentino
Geography: Provence, France
Appellation: Côtes de Provence

Provence is a rugged landscape of lavender fields, olive groves and wine – most notably its pale, fruity and refreshing rosés. Provence is so synonymous with rosé that it has largely defined the style of Pink wine made all around the world. A joint project between the brothers Alex and Fred Chaudière of Château Pesquié and Eric Solomon, Le Paradou Côtes de Provence Rosé, is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Vermentino from a vineyard located in the heart of Provence, in the shadow of Sainte-Victoire, the picturesque peak immortalized by Paul Cézanne in more than 70 paintings. This classic blend is made from grapes that are sustainably farmed on rocky limestone and sandy clay soils. At harvest the grapes are picked by hand in the early morning, cooled at the cellar and pressed whole-cluster to extract the lightest color possible. The wine is then fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks before bottling. The Cinsault provides the delicate fruit reminiscent of raspberries and strawberries, the Grenache its color and spice, and Vermentino the freshness and acidity.
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Underwood, Rosé Wine (2016) 375 ml can

Geography: Oregon, United States
Ryan Harms relocated to Oregon from Upstate New York in 2001 and quickly found locals’ oenophilia contagious. “I worked for some great Oregon wineries including Bergstrom Wines, Torii Mor Winery, Rex Hill Vineyards, and A to Z Wineworks,” says Harms, who founded Underwood Company in 2005 to challenge the convention that Oregon wines have to be expensive, makes simple wines for people who like wine.

Underwood embodies the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Their wines reflect the vast bounty of fruit that the diverse climate, geology, and slopes produce here in the Northwest.

Straight from the Rosé City! Drinkable, unpretentious and travel-ready, this is the perfect wine for action lounging, such as poolside shindigs, outdoor music festivals, backyard BBQ’s with friends or anywhere that calls for serious lounging. It’s set to become your favorite spring and summer staple.

Tasting Notes: Strawberry, meyer lemon, and peach


Heretat Mont Rubí, Penedès Black (2015)

Grape: Garnacha
Geography: Catalonia, Spain
Appellation: Penedès
Features: Biodynamic

Mont Rubí was founded in 1984 in a winery built in the nineteenth century. It is located in the Barcelona wine region of Penedès in Catalunya. For over 25 years they have been creating small production wines using a mix of both old world and modern winemaking techniques. They use indigenous varieties of the Penedes region that are best suited to terroir, including Sumoll, Xarel-lo, Parrellada, Garnatxa and Samsó.
HMR Black is a young and lively wine with an intense purple hue that hints at the delicious fruit to come. The boisterous nose is full of wild berry and Murcian plum accented by a floral note of violets. The wine is silky smooth on the palate, but with a fresh definition that leaves you wanting more. The lingering finish of blackberries continues from one sip to the next.

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